Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the 119th Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.
his second victory here. He also won the 2013 race just hours before a
pair of bombs exploded at the finish line. Desisa returned after the
attacks to donate his medal to the city in memory of the victims.
Rotich (ROW-tish) won the women’s race in an unofficial 2:24:55. It’s
the first Boston victory for the 30-year-old Kenyan. She finished fourth
here in 2011.
after the bombs killed three and wounded 260 more, the world’s most
prestigious marathon took a tentative step back toward normal. (AP)
(Photos by: Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports/Reuter, AP Photo/Elise Amendola, REUTERS/Dominick Reuter, AP Photo/Stephan Savoia,(2), Photo/Elise Amendola)
Originally, the West did not create the human rights movement in order to save or civilize non-Europeans… […] Neither the enslavement of Africans, with its barbaric consequences and genocidal dimensions, nor the classic colonization of Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans by Europeans, with its bone-chilling atrocities, was sufficient to move the West to create the human rights movement. It took the genocidal extermination of Jews in Europe - a white people - to start the process of the codification and universalization of human rights norms. […] …no one should miss the irony of brutalizing colonial powers pushing for the Nuremberg trials and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique by Makau Mutua
Gift Makau’s body joins the bodies of hundreds more black African women, living and killed, who broke the rules and refused to conform to the oppressive heteronormative regime. Bodies which refused to accept that we cannot and we will not be told by a tunnel-visioned patriarchal majority who to be or how to be ourselves. Our resistance, our courage, our steadfast affirmation of our diverse selves is met with violence. People, individuals and communities, think that, like hot iron on an anvil, we can be beaten back into a more socially acceptable shape. We become targets of social and physical abuse. We become anomalies, glitches in the heterosexist system which people try to fix with oppressive legislature. Gender non-conforming women (and men), proudly and openly living and owning their bodily autonomy tell the truth. They unmask the lie that there is only one way to look, one way to love and one way to live. They present an honest alternative to the homogenous narrative around sexuality and gender. These brave black women declare that we do have choices. And we can own our bodies.
The historical pattern is undeniable. It forms a long queue of the colonial administrator, the Bible-wielding Christian missionary, the merchant of free enterprise, the exporter of political democracy and now the human rights zealot.
Human Rights: A Political & Cultural Critique by Makau Mutua